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in the near term to the u.s. economy? >> the sequester is not just a cut back, but a very crude cut back, sort of just chop one finger off at every hand instead of letting somebody go. i think it was designed that way because the idea was this will force us to do something. but now they haven't. >> i'm starting to hear people in washington say, look, this is going to force some efficiencies in these agencies. they've had budgets that have been getting bigger and bigger for years, stimulus thrown into all different kind of safety net fund funds. maybe this is just tough medicine. >> it might force efficiencies into some agencies, though they really weren't planning for it, so they're having to do it pretty hectically. some agencies you don't want to cut. across the board cuts are a very crude way to run policy. do you want to cut your research and development, medical care, projects where you promised to pay and may end up losing a lot of money? the problem is it's so crude. they said, okay, this won't happen. we all know we won't do this. >> we all agree there is no way to run a country. >> ye
a 500 pound settlement with u.s. and uk regulators later this week. rbs will cover the bonus pools after a warning from the government that taxpayers should not foot the bill. rbs is planning to float the 316 branches of santander it has so far failed to sell. according to the papers, an ipo would allow the bank to dispose of that unit cleanly. lots going on. we're pleased to be joined by michael brown. welcome. >> happy monday morning. >> i know you want to talk about the super bowl. >> well, that would be nice given i was up watching it. >> i'm impressed. i should have been up staying up all night. my sister lives in baltimore. >> there are plenty of bank stories to get to in the meantime. >> absolutely. >> we're going to hear from george osborne in just a couple on hours' time. what does this mean? >> the idea is, of course, that we should have capital in both parts. but the problem is, there isn't enough capital to go around and, therefore, you don't want to spook the financial markets by saying, by the way, yes, you do need to have this. how do we get to where we want to be, i.e. en
-off. u.s. markets fell yesterday following the release of the fed minutes. it was the worst day of the year for the s&p and nasdaq. as you can see, shedding 108 points there, a rare triple digit decline this year. energy and material stocks were the worst hit. all ten s&p sectors did hit the day lower. volatility on the rise. the vix rose nearly 20% on this session. the sell-off has continued overnight. the shanghai composite, the australian markets taking it on the chin. will i sixuan joins us from singapore. >> thank you, kelly. fears of an early access by the fed rocks sentiment here in asia today. the nikkei pulls back 1.4% from its 52-month high. investors remain cautious ahead of the decision on the next boj chief. construction equipmentmakers were down after caterpillar reported slowing sales for the quarter ending january. but batterymaker gsyuasa reported a fix over long-term battery problems. the shanghai composite tumbled to 3% today. commodity place were under a lot of pressure today after the u.s. fomc minutes raised the possibility of a qe asset. development and ce
shut for the chinese new year and large parts of the u.s. struggling with extreme weather. >> digging out from nemo, residents and u.s. businesses hope to resume to normal business after mother nature dumped nearly three feet of snow in some areas. >>> and ben affleck's iran hostage drama "argo" picks up the best film accolade. daniel day-lewis wins best actor. >>> we're up for another week. we might do what they did and share the love around. >> i read the reports. we're going to talk about it later. there was no one dominant film. >> i thought it was interesting that "argo" won best picture? it was a great movie, but best movie? really? is that the -- >> "lincoln" only got -- sometimes they're quite clued up. the nominations were very similar. do you think lincoln would do better than it did. >> daniel day-lewis picked up an award. help recap for those of us who didn't catch the whole thing or any of it, frankly, but yeah, britain's big film night. now it's time for the u.s. in a couple of weeks. >> besides that, plenty of other things we're looking at today. another day, another su
have from them, that video. >> reporter: the u.s. embassy of peru has told them the pair may have then boarded a boat. >> the embase embassy believes they got on the boat for an a . amazon cruise. >> reporter: the family has set up a war room where they're mapping out all they know. >> probably the biggest thing we have access to garrett's bank records and starting january 25th all of his banking ceased. no more withdrawals. there's nothing. there is absolutely no activity. >> reporter: what has the family especially worried, warnings that kidnappers may be targeting american tourists in the peru region. friends and family are pleading for help. >> i want my son to know that i love him, that we all love him. we want them to come home safe and sound. >> when your child is missing it's really, really tough. and we need your help. >> reporter: the family tells me they're getting daily updates from the embassy in peru. they are certainly hoping that those images will lead to the couple. meanwhile, the folks here at the peddler bike shop are asking for the safe return of jamie neal an
of the world, europe, still very slow, but china a bit of a rebound, and, maria, the u.s. doing okay. again, hewlett-packard better than anticipated. >> all right, david, thank you. stay right there. we're going to bring in david garrity and roger kay of end point technologies associates. good to see everybody. thanks for joining us. want to point out aig numbers are also out, and i want to tell our viewers that there is stock to buy in aig after the close tonight. just spoke with the market-maker there, so we're watching that story as well as this story. hewlett-packard though is the focus right now. david garrity, what's your take on the quarter? >> the earnings multiple for the company, single digits, a five handle. i mean, here's a company. it's great and wonderful that they are doing better in terms of businesses that are losing share in the overall computing market, and it's thighs to see that they are getting some positive margin surprises, but the fact of the matter is hewlett-packard was initially thought to be an innovator and what we see out of corner, fine, we can rearrange the
, a lot of people are forgetting, they have around $137 in cash and equivalents. the stuff not in the u.s. is really difficult for apple to repay tree ought without a big penalty. we are talking in the neighborhood of $40 billion. it seems like from what apple put out in the statement last week, they are planning to do some sort of extra thing beyond their announced dividend. but it is a smaller pile of cash than people talk about. >> let me bring in molly woo had from c-net. do you they they get in terms of how shareholders are feeling a the moment and how do you think he will respond? >> tim cook has been an executive who is very plug need wall street and move of shareholders. i think that he, possibly more than steve jobs would have, is probably sympathetic to the shareholders and will offer a bonus or something to keep them happy. >> is that enough, though, is the issue. >> exactly. >> the expectations are very high, such as complacency. >> i think that expectations are always high for apple. so there is a very good chance that shareholders will be disappointed. apple has always been
treasury yields moving in the way that you expected them to? you got the u.s. dollar to play in here as well. >> yeah, well, we have seen treasury yields hovering at the 2%. it's an uncertain on which way they are going to go, you know, if you start to see the equities back off, october, -- of course yields gain in value and there could be panic in the market with people searching for the volatility index or a play like gold or silver. gold is hovering at 1600. there's questions about whether or not it gets a bounce back up or not. liz: weird that platinum and palladium move higher by more than a full percentage point and yet gold and silver moving down? >> it's a story out of south africa right now. there's supply and demand restatements from out of there. over the weekend, there's talk about gunfire, and thank god it was rubber bulleted used. about nine different mining workers there. there were injuries, and as a result of that, there's also that threat for labor disputes. prices should continue to rise on that disruption. >> let's watch that. again, as pointed out, rightly so, el
. the u.s. government has been bringing this up with the chinese for a long time. it is low risk. it is low cost. it is high return and difficult to track. even getting a location on these servers, this is a little bit of guesswork involved there. there are real challenges there. the big question is, how do we respond? connell: if you had to give a great to the american public, how ready are we? >> there are so many elements. you have to peel back the onion. you have to talk about things like, you know, the electrical grid and things like that. i would say we are at a c level. guy forbid, it could come to conflict with the chinese could shut out the lights on us here. shut off the power. shut out though, you know, air traffic control system. connell: thank you. i also want to point out that the ceo of that company preparing the report will be on the next hour of "markets now" with dennis kneale and cheryl casone. dagen: already looking into some stock orders. what does the chief have to say about this? connell: washington's spending problem. entitlement programs like social secur
electric power on the u.s. east cost, maybe the west coast, and attempt to cause a cascading effect. all of those things are in the art of the possible from a sophisticated attacker. >> do you believe our adversaries have the capability of bringing down a power grid? >> i do. >> is the u.s. prepared for such an attack? >> no, the united states is not prepared for such an attack. >> it's now clear this cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. >> four months after taking office, president obama made those concerns part of our national defense policy, declaring the country's digital infrastructure a strategic asset, and confirming that cyber warfare had moved beyond theory. >> we know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness. >> president obama didn't say which country had been plunged into darkness, but a half a dozen sources in the military, intelligence, and private security communities have told us the president was referring to br
and as general allen told me, the world does not and december 2014. there will be a u.s. presence. military, maybe smaller. but there will be if anything a bigger and more important presence and that is the reconstruction. we will be there. the tweet is absolutely correct. we plan to be there beyond 2014. host: what about you, your office? we are temporary agency. we're set up to handle this agency. at some point we go out -- and existence and what is triggered, if the amount of money not spent falls below to leonard $50 million, there is no need for rest, congress said. we go out of existence. and when that happens, the normal function. that function -- is small enough that it will happen. host: when will that happen? guest: i do not know. it could be yours -- years. host: did you talk to general allen? -- i talked to him through a phone and e-mail. he was a great support for our team and we need the military not only for protection but also to identify problems. he identified certain problems. i got to give general allen and his team credit. nobody likes an inspector general. particularly
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to the u.s. department of health and human services that if they assume the responsibility for the individual exchange and that includes the web site portalforindividuals, including the tax credits. further, we would say that because utah is doing the business portion of the business , that there's no need to have a federal exchange doing the business. so we have a clear line of demark occasion. we are going to do the business and the federal government will do the individual side of this and see if we cannot, in fact, co-exist peacefully here and provide that to the marketplace. there are details yet to be worked out and putting this together and making sure that we are doing this in an appropriate way. but i was gratified and encouraged, when i met with secretary see bell yuss -- sebelius today, that they will look at it and see if there is something we can agree upon. the phrase she used was, i would like to find a way to get to yes. so i'm cautiously optimistic and have a ways to go and will be meeting with them in the next couple of weeks to bring closure to this issue
in the market for a while. people know about it, and the reality is that in the u.s. specifically we see economic activity improving in the future and improving more than expectations and a big driver of that is the housing market. housing drives consumption and housing prices are going from linear to parabolic which gives the consumer more power to purchase. >> rick santelli, jump in here for a minute because we're trying to figure out if in fact we are seeing this trade out of fixed income, into stocks, not necessarily happening today, but do you have any read in terms of if this is an actual trend happening? >> well, i think when i look at treasuries, i see we're only up 19 basis points on the year in 10s. i don't think it's an issue. i don't see this impending huge selloff in treasuries. listen to the dovishness in europe with regard to a variety of issues, not the least of which is they are worried about a high euro and growth in some of the southern countries. >> yeah. what did you -- >> i do see it playing out in high yield and corporates. quickly if you look at barclays, one-mont
year in the u.s. come involving transportation crashes, 32,000 of those occur on the nation's highways are 95% of all of our transportation fatalities. so what do i see is the biggest risks we face in our nation's highways? first, impaired driving. the ntsb on this issue in our most wanted list of safety improvement. where the top 10 list of things that they can be changed. and impaired driving really had up that list. that is the number one killer of transportation. 10,000 people every year are killed and impaired driving accident. they made recommendations based on a study was completed and released in december and so we be happy to talk with you all about technology and i mentioned that later. another issue that's gotten attention is distraction. they are ubiquitous in transportation our life and i see many of them on the table here inside sure many of you will be using some electronic devices later after the embargo. when we talk about distractions in all modes of transportation. i'm pleased to be our investigations in a series that your interest is. >> we paid extra for this good
street or for the u.s. a main street brand. but they have this great digital fashion thing going on. it's a gimmicky partnership with google. you see these reports about google getting the lines between fashion and retail and tech are all blurring. >> they are, indeed. so on today's show, there's a -- here is another taster. in china, it's the first trading day market in the new year of the snake. so will it be new year old problems? up next from hong kong, we'll have the latest analysis. >> did you just slither? also, the final week of campaigning in italy ahead of the general elections. we will be live in milan throughout the morning for a roundup of the candidates policies and pit falls. julia will join us for that. >>> and hear state from the finance ministers. we have a roundup of the g-20 meeting in moscow. >> and london fashion week is under way and international expansion seems to be the latest trend. we'll hear from top designers who are putting their foot forward on the global runway. >>> first, standard & poors says it wants more time to gauge shinzo abe's rating policies. s&
to make this country mad? canada has made it clear that it could retaliate against the u.s. do we need to be worried about this? >> that is a great question. they are part of nafta. most of americans do not realize that our number one trading partner is not china, it is canada. i just really do not understand the rationale of not building this. it was the first reason that president obama gave. now, i see no reason, other than kowtowing to the very radical environmentalists and not bringing this to america. dagen: thank you very much. steve moore from the "wall street journal." thanks again. >> thank you, dagen. dagen: let's take a look at the u.s. dollar. trading down versus other major currencies today. agreeing not to target the exchange rates of world currencies. concerns that competitive devaluation could spark a currency war. let's just say, g20 kind of poo-poo'd this. are we not the biggest culprit through the federal reserve of weakening the dollar? >> well, with the federal reserve, their quantitative easing program has been having side effects. i think it is important to reco
, measure what that means for us. what does that mean? >> i think the good news here is that the u.s. economy is actually growing at probably about a 2% rate. so if the full sequester goes in and stays in place for the full year between now and the end of the year, then it's essentially what mr. bernanke is saying growth will be 1.5% instead of 2%. i doubt very much that's the way it's going to pan out. eventually some kind of compromise will be worked out. but again the good news is that the u.s. consumers, u.s. businesses, are beginning to spend, are beginning to hire in the case of businesses, and that momentum seems to actually be picking up a little bit. so even in the worst case scenario we're not talking a recession. we're talking slower growth which isn't good... >> ifill: not good at a time when you're recovering. so when people look at this debate that's going on now, how do we look at it? do we look at it long-term, short term? do we look at the reality or the possibility? what is the greatest, most damaging part of this? >> well, i think the damaging part of it is, you kn
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. martha: you are the seth mcfa martha: "happening now" starts right now. jon: brand-new stories and breaking news. jenna: four days ago in washington's fight to avoid steep budget cuts u. may feel it in a big way on your next trip to the airport. more on the olympic icon charged with premeditated murder. we have the latest on the "blade runner" charged with killing his girlfriend. a second serving of severe winter weather. it's all happening now. countdown to the sequester showdown. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. and i just floated this idea to our audience. you know the jaws music from the academy awards? every time we say sequester this week i'm wondering if it should come up. jon: a little audio cue. jenna: both because it's a little ridiculous and also because everyone is making it so dramatic. jon: i'm i'm jon scott. four days until the cuts kick in. democrats holding a news conference now with the air travel association on how sequestration will affect air travelers, but they are not the only ones. the white house sa
and spain, to a lesser extent. i would say the declines in the u.s., fairly modest. given that we moved a thousand point in the month of january. >> kenny was here, director of floor with securities. >> we haven't even traded 300 million shares down here today. that's relatively weak. but you made the point. we were up almost 7% year to date. so off a half percent or three quarters percent is not a reason for anyone to panic but a sense the market was exhausted like we been talking about and that in fact maybe it will test the 1475 level for support on the s&p because it was such a tough level to get through on the way up. >> on the way up. >> let's listen to what les had to say because he is longer term bullish and maybe this entry point. take a look. >> this is a crisis for another crisis. we look at again, the market from a cycle of viewpoint, when have you market that started the way this did, consolidated very nicely. now have you exuberant phase, again, i'm still comfortable saying at some point this year, at least 55% possibility. >> all right. 1600 is what he is looking for. is
a month. the u.s. manufacturing sector, some good news there, expanding since april. ism manufacturing index since it is known, the number on the screen, 5.1, any indication above 50, that means that there's expansion. the expectation was for contraction. so it was a very good number there, david. we've got mark sebastion to weigh on all of this. david: we do in the pits of the cme. he tells us why there is tremendous opportunity in europe right now. and jeff cleveland breaking down the hidden numbers in today's jobs report. liz: that is the, at the cme, give us how traders, you guys are the experienced ones, the media make a big deal when we hit the round number of 1,000, but what do the traders think? >> you don't see me covered in confetti right now? i thought you would have seen the party. i actually think we may have seen the most exciting day of month of february today. i look out what's ahead of us and i'm looking for a catalyst to really drive the markets. we had big move today of about 1% in the s&p 500. that's the biggest move we've really seen in couple of weeks. think about
are also on the $5 bill, the economic case for a penniless u.s. grows more compelling, giving ex-congre ex-congressman kolbe hope. >> when people find out about the savings they'll make it's substantial and they're willing to make this change. >> according to the congressman, not minting pennies would save the u.s. treasury about $45 million a year. and while we're on the subject, switch prg the paper dollar to a dollar coin would save $178 a year and a nickel now costs a dime to produce. quarter for your thoughts? thanks for watching "state of the union." i'm candy crowley in washington. head to cnn.com/sotu for analysis and extras. yo if you hissed any part of today's show, find us on itunes. search "state of the union." "fareed zakaria: gps" is next. >>> this is "gps," the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. we have a great show for you today and we begin with american politics. what is really happening? are the republicans on the defensive? will the automatic budget cuts happen? is there any chance of legislative de
in the name of congress the medal of honor to staff sergeant clinton romesha, u.s. army, force -- for conspicuous gallantry and intricately above and beyond the call of duty. clinton romesha this in which and self at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving in the fourth brigade combat team, fourth infantry division, during combat against an enemy in afghanistan on october 3, 2009. on that morning, staff sergeant romesha and his comrades awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters, employing concentrated fire from a rocket-propelled grenade from anti-aircraft machine guns, and small armed fighter -- fire as well as mortars. they were compelled to seek reinforcements from the barracks before returning action. staff sergeant romesha to god and an enemy machine-gun team, and while engaging a second, the generator he was using for cover was struck by an rpd, and looking him with shrapnel wound. undeterred by his injuries, he continued to fight and upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and the assistant gunner, he then assembled as i
the fire on the carnival cruise ship triumph. yesterday, the u.s. coast guard said the fire started in front of a generator in the main engine crime. that fire left the cruise liner without power for five days with 4200 people on board. investigators say it could take up to a year to determine what exactly caused the fire. despite that initial report from the coast guard, congress says it still wants answers into the cruise ship disaster. hours after the triumph was towed to alabama, senator jay rockefeller september a letter to the -- sent a letter to the coast guard, demanding a review of the incident and similar incidents in the last six years. the senator says there might be a larger safety issue that needs to be reviewed involving large passenger vehicles. >>> and when congress returns next week, they will only have four days for the sequester. coming up, the automatic budget cuts here for california. >>> why facebook's tax bill is zero. in fact, the social media giant will get a huge refund. >>> and what russian scientists are finding after friday's meteor explosion and the ne
seek to narrow it like when we persuade ad court to drastically limit a u.s. government request for two months of user search queries. now, keep in mind, google owns an awful lot of properties. not only is there google but gmail, youtube, picasso, online photo sharing site. feed burner, a management tool for bloggers or orkit. a networking site popular in india and brazil and android smartphone operating system. this new legal issue how much access the government should have to internet communications is subject of a conference featuring legal scholars, civil libertarians and google representatives is starting at 1230 in washington. we'll keep an eye on that. if you don't want the government to poke around your online history. delete your history. it doesn't entirely stop the access of it but limits the duration they can examine it. jon, back to you. jon: brave new world we're getting into. doug mckelway, thank you. jenna: don't why when you buy. that is the national campaign when purchasing firearms. statistics show buyers are not always completely honest. many are suspected of giving
from the new york stock exchange. let's see how your friday session is setting up on the u.s. futures. it looks like we'll have a positive session with the s&p looking at 2 at the open, dow looking at 13. in europe, the eu summit continues. but the action really taking its cues from china this morning. we have green arrows across the board in europe. take a look at asia. strong eco data out of china in focus. much more on that in just a moment. the road map begins at the golden arches. not even the cheddar onion burgers could help mcdonald's. they missed estimates in every region. asia was down a whopping 9.5%. >> exports boomed 25%, inflation cooled, but met expectations, capping off a two-week winning streak for stocks. >> a blowout quarter, users increase continued in momentum. >> the storm could be one for the record books. forecast calling for as much as 2 1/2 feet of snow in some parts of the northeast. already more than 3,700 flights have been canceled. we'll get more from the weather channel on the path of nemo. >>> mcdonald's down 1.9 in january. middle east and africa, europ
're long-term investors. we oversee one of the largest corporate pension plans in the u.s. as well as the mutual fund complex. that's all summarized with $12 billion in assets. i can tell you that they're the most optimistic we've seen them. >> whether or not they count longer tell. when you see the s&p hold the 1,500 mark. that attracts investors for a longer term. >> it does. but that's not where we're really seeing the excitement from the professional investors. we're seeing that in the fundamentals of the market. they believe that you're well compensated for taking equity risk at this point in time. the earning yielding with the dividend yield, the payout yield on the s&p 500 is at or near 25-year highs. and if it were my money and it is, at least some of it, i'm betting on equities. >> all right. rick santelli, tell us about your view of the market action today. especially as we watch these italian elections which we will get to. michelle caruso-cabrera will join us with the latest there. but a strong dollar and the 10-year yield down sharply in terms of getting out of its tra
and operates car dealerships, u.s. locations mostly in metropolitan areas in 15 states. reported fourth quarter epps of $0.70. the street wanted to see a $1.19. company ceo talking about strong growth in the fourth quarter, 19% revenue growth. he also said missed some opportunities to maximize profits via complete leveraging of cost structuring. investors unhappy with that miss, stock down 7.5%. josh, back to you. >> thank you so much. einhorn and apple taking their fight to court over return of cash to apple shareholders. the stock down again today and apple lost about 20% of its market value over the past three months. kate kelly is at the courthouse for us in new york city. kate. >> reporter: thanks, tyler. we're just about an hour away from what could be a contentious courtroom showdown, einhorn, founder and apple, inc. they are duking it out over a proposal in the proxy statement that would do away with charter right to issue preferred shares of stock. einhorn seeking an injunction to block the vote on that measure at apple's meeting february 27 wants apple to issue a class of shares to pr
along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin. keeping an eye on the u.s. equity foourchs, well, after a couple of days of declines, dow futures are up significantly this morning. that's a gain of 50 points above fair value. the s&p 500 is opening up by about 6 points and this comes after two days of declines and a lot of questions about whether this rally has tapped out, at least for the moment. among the key market drivers this week, the fed and the conversation continues today. boston fed president eric rosengren and fed governor jerome powell will be speaking at a forum in new york. you don't have to wait until then to get inside scoop on the central bank. james bullard will be our special ges guest, with us starting at 7:00 a.m. eastern time, and this is huge given all the news from the fed this week and all the questions the market has been asking. the two-days of declines we've seen in the markets has pretty much all been blamed on the markets that we got a couple of days ago. we will talk to jim about everything that was happening inside the room and try to get his take to wher
division on rules in the u.s. and its. there were four democrats, for republicans. it was a diverse group of senators including senator mccain, senator kyl, senator pryor, senator schumer. it was a group -- senator levin was our leader on the democratic side. we came up with reforms that i think will help. the cannot filibuster bringing a bill to the board. rather now where the minority cannot vote against cloture because they are doing it on a procedural basis. the bill will now be before us. it will get started in debate and voting on amendments before we have to worry about whether we need 60 votes for the threshold. secondly, there is a limit on how you can filibuster. we can bring the president's judicial nominees up in a much quicker way. there, you have eliminated two of the potentials on going to conference. getting into conference is particularly important in going to this congress. the most significant reform, we have dramatically reduced the power of an individual senator. if you are going to object, you need to do it on the floor of the u.s. senate. you can no longer be in you
're seeing red arrows on the board. most notably the euro hitting a one-week low against the u.s. dollar. in asia, china up eighth straight session. nikkei highest level since september of 2008. disney set to open at record highs. strength in media networks. word that it's planning films based on "star wars" characters. >>> zynga, revenues continue to fall and the social gaming company said 2013 would be profitable. >>> company seeing momentum in america's improvement in europe and big margin gains for 2013 for ralph lauren. >>> the post office could be eliminating or cutting back deliveries on saturday. we'll explain. they carry the official announcement at 10:00 a.m. this morning. >>> we start with disney. shares rising pre-market, set to open at all-time highs at fiscal fourth quarter profits beat the markets. growing attendance at the theme parks. real news came during bob iger's interview with our own julia boorstin. >> in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films. larry kazden and simon ginberg are working on films derived on "star wars" characters that are not part of the ov
, art, certainly we have a lot of deals going on. the biggest month for u.s. deals since june 2008. it's the gdps around the world putting a wrempbl into futures this morning. >> particularly in europe, shares of gdp reports knocked europe for a tailspin here. not too much valentine's day cheer showing up. so far beginning to look like the dow has given up rallying for lent. let's hope that doesn't continue. >> lent is a long time so let's hope not. in terms of the g-20, it's sort of a photo-op and that's it. is it much more important this time around as there's so many statements regarding currency manipulation being bandied about, having an impact on currency market and equity markets. >> you're absolutely correct. it went from g 7 comments to possibly right on the main table. g-20 meeting. the thrust is the end. how do we keep this orderly and prevent an outright currency war from breaking out. we've got a lot of american message fund players going along. half the world appears to be short the end believing this is going on. >> a longtime strategy to a certain extent, worries about
economy. >> still fragile enough that four years after the recession the u.s. economy actually shrank in the last three months of 2012. the storm clouds were ready to blow away and washington basically called them back. >> i think we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. >> if not for indecisive, uncompromising, and polarizing politicians, america's economy could take off again. >> we are producing more energy and america can become an energy exporter. >> we're in the midst of an energy boom and it's lowering the price of electricity and bringing manufacturing back to america. a housing boom fueled by the lowest interest rates in history. and 35 months of private sector job creation. america's future could be great. >> i'd like to focus on what lies beyond the fiscal debate. >> i'd like to, too. but that's not possible the with a sequester deadline about to descend on the american economy. when will washington's small thinking about big problems end? if this week is any indication, the dysfunction won't end any time soon. earlier this week we learned the euro area expe
with the u.s. government not paying interest on its debt, then god knows what would have happened. this is not like that. this is something where the negative effects kick in gradually. the world won't end if we go a month into this thing, so he can afford to wait, where i believe the republicans will have to cave eventually. what he should be looking for is i think some face-saving way for everybody to just kick this can down the road. we could have some vague spending cuts promised in the future, some real revenue sources. >> all in the future. >> all in the future. this is a terrible time to do us a terry. >> i think his reaction depends on whether or not the republicans can hold their coalition together. and if they can create a coalition that holds together, which might even include some democrats, i think they can prevail on this issue and get a small amount of cost reduction. i think if they shy away from -- >> do you want to see some us a terry now? >> they have to demonstrate some ability to manage the costs over the long run if you want to see the private sector grow as
for the u.s. are the consequences of cuts being overblown in washington? fox contributor juan williams joins me with his take. thanks for coming on the show. >> my pleasure. melissa: if you're watching this, this is the story of the day today, seems a game of gotcha with the different white house surrogates who come out and said planes will fall out of the sky, to the point jon stewart is piling on. he did a whole bit about how silly it is this idea they will not give kids shots and kids celebrating about that. even the ap did a whole roundup on how silly this was. do you think that it was a bad idea tax particularly and politically to be overdramatic perhaps about what it could mean? >> no. it is politics and, you know, you're playing on poll numbers, melissa. so a lot of poll numbers, for example, right now, there's a pew poll out says, 52% of americans think, you know, the sequestration is a bad idea. that they don't like that approach. now you also have to recall though, americans overwhelmingly think we need to do something about the debt in this country that is just out of control and
both sides use the bigger u.s. ball and south koreans wanted to use their smaller made ball. result, both side said no and the game was canceled. bernie: we have bigger balls is the the bottom line. warner: finally, i-man, bad news for nbc, stuck with televising saturday and sunday's final round of the match play championship. both tiger woods and rory mcelroy lost in yesterday's first round. imus: he well, the nbc television network according to dagen is already in fifth place, is it fifth place? >> fifth place in the february sweeps and key adult demographics behind in fourth place univision. imus: who is in third place? >> it was cbs fox, sbc, univision and nbc. imus: give me one through five. i didn't understand it. >> number one cbs number two fox. number three abc. number four, univision, number five nbc. imus: thank you very much. "varney & company" is next. i accused delbert of ripping off bo didley with this. he said it was a tribute and i should shut up. ♪ here comes the weekend, honey, what's going on ♪ ♪ we can put our feet up, honey, or party all night long ♪
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paychecks and on may 18th, the current debt ceiling suspension ends. with no deal even the threat of the u.s. defaulting could again result in the downgrade of america's credit rating. the consequences for you could be dire. your borrowing costs would likely rise along with your taxes. you could expect cuts to the programs and government services you rely on. jon king is cnn's national correspondent. jon, president obama says he wants a big deal on budgets and debt. he won the battle for public opinion. he won a second term while congressional approval continues to be super low. is there something more he could be doing to end the small thinking about big problems that has become the norm in our nation's capital? >> he still wants the grand bargain he's been talking about for several years. this past week he came out and said we need another temporary fix. the term sequester is essentially a fancy word for the president and congress not doing their jobs. you laid it out pretty clearly. the president is late submitting his own budget. so he's part of the problem, too. but he does have the upp
. some of them are interesting. high volatility u.s. large caps and micro cap stocks. it would seem you're increasing the beta place. when you say u.s. large cap volatile stocks, what do you mean by that? >> well, we believe that there's an evolution in the asset classes that investors are going to be tapping into in the next decade. you know, if you look back over the last 20 years, people spent a lot of time arguing, what was the value stock, what was a growth stock. and a lot of times it was in the eye of the beholder. volatility is a much more objective mesh yasure of what a stock is. you can do very good long term, 80 and 90-year analysis of what this asset class means. and right now, we show high volatility stocks have been beaten down very, very much in the rally, relative to low volatility, sort of bond proxy stocks. that suggests to us that they're one of the best opportunities in the market, as we stabilize, as the fed keeps pushing in liquidity. i think you're going to see a return to those kinds of beaten-down names. >> you know, michael, one of the big talkers of the mornin
. thank you. >> sure. >>> cyber attacks against the u.s. an american firm is linking the chinese government to hacking. i'm talk to a man who hacks computers for a living. >>> controversial advice to kids from top law enforcement. what to do if they're confronted by a gunman. there's a training video here. our panel is going to discuss it. stay close. ns, i can talk to someone who knows exactly how i trade. because i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. that's why i'm with scottrade. announcer: scottrade- proud to be ranked "best overall client experience." a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for p
's the higher end of walmart's previously issued guidance range. the world's largest retailer forecast, the u.s. key same-store sales to grow between 1% and 3%. last year's fourth quarter grew 1.5 year over year. but beyond financials, investors will look into possible investigations. there hasn't been a clear timeline as to when the investigation results will be released from the allegations that walmart issued millions of dollars in bribes to officials in mexico. if you remember, it was last quarter that walmart stated an s.e.c. filings that they have expanded those investigations beyond just mexico and to brazil, china and india. >> you know, this is going to be a fascinating story today. we heard about these leaked memos. walmart knocking it down saying things were taken out of context. i saw something overnight from the nrf, national retail federation where they said something like six out of ten americans say their savings and their budgeting has been somewhat or greatly impacted by the changes in the taxes that kicked in at the beginning of the year. >> and i think it's interesting becau
. in fact we spend about 1% of the world's energy just making fertilizer for corn in the u.s. if that corn could take the nigtrogeghtrogen out of the air it like beans do, then we wouldn't have to fertilize corn. another important problem, we don't have enough drugs for diseases. we see these multidrug-resistant microbes popping up in hospitals and it's kind of scary. we need better drugs, i think this is an area where synthetic biology can really help. if you look around this room, nearly everything that we're in contact with is derived from petroleum. the carpet on the floor, the paint on the walls, the ceiling tiles, they all come from petroleum we have the potential to produce all of these products from sugar. so it could open up an entirely new avenue for agriculture, it could open up an environmentally-friendly way to produce all of these products that we use on a day-to-day basis. >> is that part of what drives you? do you look at the world just differently as a result of knowing how sugar could be substituted for these petroleum-based products? >> i don't know if i look at the worl
, back to you. >> thank you very much, simon hobbs. let's see how this is all going to impact the u.s. session here. we have the head of u.s. equity and quantitative strategy with bank of america, merrill lynch. nice to see you. >> nice to see you, too. thank you for having me on. >> we've been able to put europe on the back burner, but right now it might bring back bad memory for investors that this is exactly what derailed us a year ago. >> it's eerily similar. you know, i think, though, that the big surprise for the u.s. equity market is that we might not see a pullback. i feel like everyone's expecting one. and we might not actually see one. for a bunch of reasons. i mean, last year, i think one thing that was a little bit different was that sentiment was not as negative as it was at this point, where we are today. if you look at wall street strategists, equity allocation is still sub 50%. you've still got a lot of strategists with price targets below where the market is today. i feel like a lot of investors have regarded this rally that we've seen so far as, you know, too far, to
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